Egypt VP to Begin Talks with Political Powers

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Chief of Egypt's intelligence Omar Suleiman attend the two-day Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in the holy Muslim city of Mecca 08 December 2005. Getty Images/Hassan Ammar

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Chief of Egypt's intelligence Omar Suleiman attend the two-day Organization of the Islamic Conference in the holy Muslim city of Mecca Dec. 8, 2005.
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Embattled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dispatched his newly appointed vice president to announce on state television that talks will begin with all political powers.

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Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman appeared on the government-controlled television station to say that Mubarak tapped him to initiate the talks, CBS News' Khaled Wassef reports.

Suleiman, a close Mubarak confident who the embattled leader appointed Saturday as his first vice president in his 30-year rule, also announced that several political reforms will be announced within days.

Among those reforms, fighting unemployment and abolishing corruption will be a priority, Suleiman said.

Suleiman also announced that some elections will be held where an appeals court had ordered a re-vote but the government had disregarded.

  • Khaled Wassef

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